Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Trinidad & Tobago / by JD Andrews

A few things You Probably Already Know About  about Trinidad and Tobago:

Trinidad and Tobago are the most southernly islands in the Caribbean, situated just north of Venezuela (only seven miles away) and Guyana.

The Capital is: Port of Spain

Trinbagonians know how to party, throwing the biggest and best Carnival in the Caribbean.

If you want to see for yourself, it's Feb. 20-21 2012. Make sure to schedule a few days for recovery...

There's Lots of Great food, spices and HOT sauces! 

Some interesting dishes you must try: Trinidad Doubles, Shark & Bake, Roti and Corn Soup, just to name a few.

 And the Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Trinidad & Tobago:

1. Oil and natural gas: Trinidad and Tobago is one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean due to its large reserves of oil and gas.

2. They Invented the Steelpan (aka steel drums):

 Now days you see steel drums in every Caribbean Island but it all started right here in T and T.

Due to the abundance of old 55 gallon oil drums laying around, they were transformed into a musical instrument. They can be played by one person or in groups of hundreds.

The steelpan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago and is the driving force during Carnival.

 

3. Female Prime Minister: Kamla Persad-Bissessar became Trinidad and Tobago's first female prime minister with a landslide victory during the elections in May 2010.

4. The World’s Best Tourism Destination Award and The World’s Favorite Cultural Destination for 2012: Two very prestigious awards from the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade.

"It is my understanding that this award was unanimously given to Trinidad and Tobago primarily for our history of impressive cultural festivals, environmental conservation and biodiversity protection amongst other factors." ~Honorable Prime Minister of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Pershad Bissessar

 5. The Home of Bitters:

The recipe was developed as a tonic by a German Doctor, Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, in 1824.

Siegert was based in the town of Angostura, now Ciudad Bolivar, and used local ingredients to create this important addition to so many of todays most popular cocktails.

The exact formula is a closely guarded secret, with only five people knowing the entire recipe.

Angostura bitters is also known to be used to cure an upset stomach as well as many other aliments.

It can be found behind almost every bar in the world and is easily recognizable by its distinctive over-sized, wordy label.

 

**BONUS** Nicki Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago.

 There are so many other things to do and see in Trinidad & Tobago, please leave a comment on what was or is your favorite. thanks! :)

"Live the Adventure"

~JD